Hi! It’s Thursday, August 29, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
This website offers a free, fun, interactive game that teaches about early American colonial history (circa 1600) and the Jamestown settlement.
When you get to the site, just click on “Start the Adventure” to begin the game in which YOU, as the captain of 105 adventurers from England, get to make the decisions about:
- Where to land in the New World
- What kind of settlement to build
- How to interact with the native inhabitants
- What crops to plant
- What activities and work to do
- How to accumulate wealth to repay your sponsors
- And other choices that will impact your overall survival.
According to the website, in reality, almost half of the original settlers of Jamestown died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, exposure to disease, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. Can you do any better than the real colonists?
The game provides advice from colonists and Native Americans that will inform your choices. After you’ve made your decisions, you’ll get a printable report on the state of your colony. Compare it with the historical Jamestown colony to determine if your decisions were better than theirs. Then, learn from the mistakes, and play again to see if you can have a more successful outcome.
This one is fun for the whole family!